England beat India in a huge game on Sunday in the ICC Cricket World Cup to take one step closer to the semi-finals.
The two giants of one day cricket met each other last week at Edgebaston. This was a huge game for England. Had they not won they would have been going into the last game needing a win and other teams to lose.
The host nation went into this fixture off the back of two losses. England was expected to cruise through the group stages as they were the favourites at the start. But losses to Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka made it look like they could be out. They now go into the last game against New Zealand one point clear of Pakistan and need to match their result or better it to go through.
England vs India
England won the toss and chose to bat first. Something that has proved far more successful for them in this World Cup. Bairstow opened the batting with Roy, much to the excitement of the England fans. Roy has been injured for the last two games and James Vince replaced him. Vince was about as useful as a chocolate fireguard in opening the batting for England.
The two got off to a great start and England were 160-0 before the loss of Roy. He hit 66, 40 higher than any of Vince's inning this World Cup. At one point it looked like England was on for a score of around 380 but this came down when Bairstow was caught out for 111. The hosts though kept scoring run with Root adding 44 and Stokes 79 to take England final score up to 337-7. It was a much-improved performance for England and it was no coincidence it was when Roy was back in the team. He allows everyone else to relax and play their best cricket.
If India were going to win this was going to have to be their biggest ever chase in a Cricket World Cup. They didn't get off to the best start with opener Rahul getting caught out for 0. Rohit then steadied the ship hitting 102 and Kohli 66. They were the only two batters to hit over 50 for the India team who never really got going. By the 50th over India were 31 runs shy on Englands total give them a big win. This was India first lost of the campaign.
After the match, Kholi said he found it suspicious how in such a big game one of the boundaries were so short. Suggesting that it was made easy for England to score fours and sixes. He does know that this was the same for his Indian side too?…
England now is in a good position with their future in the World Cup in their own hands. They face New Zealand, who like India, lost their first game in their most recent one. The two sides meet on Wednesday with England the 2/5 favourites on Paddy Power. New Zealand is priced at 7/4 and will be no easy win with players like Kane Williamson, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult in their side.
To go all the way and win the competition is 11/4 on Paddy Power, with Australia and India both at 7/4 to win. However, at 6/1 New Zealand should not be overlooked at all. When they play England on Wednesday we will see how good they really are. New Zealand had a rain abandoned match with India and a loss to Australia.